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Mrs. Tedesco's Missing Cookbook (A Hannah and Tamar Mystery 2) Kindle Edition
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I was a faithful Nancy Drew reader growing up and as an adult, I have even read some of the new iterations of that series. I was expecting something along those lines in Hannah and Tamar, the main characters of the C-Sisters’ series. Though that influence is there (the C-Sisters are also Nancy Drew fans), the Hannah and Tamar books have their own vibe. The girls aren’t really as much sleuths as problem-solvers, and I like that each girl not only uses her own strengths to figure out dilemmas and get answers, but each also knows when to get help. The books are a quick read at around one hundred pages and so far, they are stand alone. Apart from the girls and their parents, there aren’t even any repeat characters from book one to book two. My hope is some of these same characters show up again in the next book, The Missing Dog (coming August 2017).
The C-Sisters do a great job at sliding in some subtle life-lessons, and as an adult reader, I appreciate that adults are not only present and important to the teenagers, but they are respected by the teenagers, and adult opinions are valued, even if disregarded. Hannah and Tamar and their immediate circle of friends (and romantic interests) are teenagers who model some great behaviors without being cheesy about it. Fear-not! They also have some fairly typical teenage concerns and fascinations.
MRS. TEDESCO'S MISSING COOKBOOK is my favorite of the first two books. The mystery is more interesting, and there’s just a hint of danger running through it that keeps a nice behind the scenes hum. Again, the teens are modeling some great behaviors and adults are not regarded as idiots. Even better, adults living in senior communities are not illustrated as incapable or mentally incapacitated. The C-Sisters address something that is common in teens: a fear and/or discomfort with being around old people or senior communities. What is excellent is how they write-in a teen character who has good reason for her discomfort and show how to handle it. Hannah, who is more the main character of this story than Tamar, is observant and sensitive, and finds a way for the teen to be important and included in her own way. In addition to the mysterious story line, there is a low-key, blossoming romance (or two!). There is a lovely message in this book about second chances for young, old, and in between, and that’s what resonates with me. The resolution on this one was a little quick, with the details being summarized to the girls instead of readers seeing action unfold; however, given the nature of the information, that’s the realistic way it would be done. I have one niggling question that remains unanswered, but otherwise, I am satisfied and looking forward to the next book.
Both books one and two need more thorough copy editing to correct errors in capitalization, punctuation, and usage, but that’s the beauty (some would say curse) of eBooks – they can continually be revised. As a Grammar Policewoman, I have only the utmost respect for authors who not only have great stories but who are brave enough to write them down and share them with the world. My goal in critiquing is always to help, not harm.
Thank you to the C-Sisters for sharing their books with me in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. Full review + more features on Hall Ways Blog kristinehallways.blogspot.com
A Hannah & Tamar Mystery
The Mysterious Package 1
Mrs. Tedesco's Missing Cookbook
The first one I said Available Kindle Unlimited but got it on freebie day, coming across it because had read Cassidy Salem's Think Murder and then Dying for Data, but this one was more hardy boys or 2 nancy drew type thing, relatively quick read being that type and overall enjoyable as such. It seems to be one of those types that while I like it, I don't luv it, but that could just be me and not reflection on the book. The first may even be perma free, but as such the combo is currently at 99 cents for the pair, although no need for me because got this one as an ARC.
I do like the stories all right, just a bit too nancy drew or something for me, and really never cared that much for any of that type when younger but again on ku so hey nothing much to lose, and it is a decent enough mystery of sorts.
I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book. My review is voluntary and the opinions my own.